Thrill in the Hills - RunHalf Marathon

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Winder, Georgia
United States
Total Time = 2h 26m 59s
Overall Rank = 351/
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 9/18
Pre-race routine:

2 packets of oatmeal
Event warmup:

  • 2h 26m 59s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 13s  min/mile

Awesome run, I had to constantly plan each step so I had no time to think about if I was tired or not. Lots of people fell, I mangaed to stay on both feet the entire time, but came close to crashing a few times. Felt good for most of the run, only got tired around 10 miles in, but then the gel I had must have kicked in because I felt good again.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more water/gatorade. I have never had leg cramps while running, but around 10 miles my right outer calf muscle started to cramp causing my foot to pull out. It was a very weird sensation. It went away, but the last 1/2 mile there was a muddy slippery downhill before the uphill finish. I was having trouble not slipping and falling in the mud and I noticed both outer calf muscles started to cramp. I was probably dehydrated, and the uneven terrain is not something I am used to running in for that long. Next time, train on more trails and drink more when running.
Post race
Warm down:

None - grabbed banana, orange, gatorade and water. Walked to car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The mud and technical difficulty of trying to stay upright.

Event comments:

Will do this again next year - it was a lot of fun.

Last updated: 2008-12-29 12:00 AM
02:26:59 | 13.1 miles | 11m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/18
Overall: 351/
Performance: Good
Garmin reported as 12.46 miles - not sure if course was short or watch was off with all the trees.
Course: Trail run, very muddy and lots of puddles/ponds from rain prior day and during the race.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]